Loraine Mathis, 95, Paducah, died at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013, at her home.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, was church youth director, member and youth adviser for the NAACP, served with the Human Rights Commission and was chairperson of numerous church, civic and community events. She was a former employee with the Paducah Board of Education. She was a Duchess of Paducah and a Kentucky Colonel and was selected to serve as a member of the first Board of Directors for the W.C. Young Community Center.
She is survived by two daughters, Maurice Lajune Crouse of Columbia, Md., and Janet Loraine Roberts of Paducah; three sons, Charles Douglas Mathis of Brownstown, Mich., Archie Lee Mathis of Louisville and Keith Cordell Mathis of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Ella Elizabeth Gardner of Chicago; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Allen Mathis; two sons, Don Allen Mathis and George Alvin Mathis; three sisters and two brothers. Her parents were Michael and Ethel Coleman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Wade officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Paducah.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the church.
Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.